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- n. someone who helps callers get the person they are calling
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Maybe the switchboard operator was stubborn, but there were ways of handling people.
Maigret asked the switchboard operator to put him through to Maître Loiseau in the Boulevard Beaumarchais.
At the same time, I decided that babysitting didn’t pay enough and began to work three afternoons after school and weekends as a switchboard operator at the old Shelton Hotel on Forty-ninth Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.